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Publisher Description

A stunningly powerful novel of humanity's will to survive against all odds during an epidemic by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
An International Bestseller  • "This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—Boston Globe
 A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of our worst appetites and weaknesses—and humanity's ultimately exhilarating spirit.
"This is a an important book, one that is unafraid to face all of the horror of the century."—Washington Post

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Fiction & Literature
August 23
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

frsky now ,


Jose Saramago takes us on a chilling, often sickening glimpse into a world of chaos, a world in disarray, a world without hope. The story revolves around a city that has collectively gone blind-save for one woman. She has to lead a group, which includes her husband, to safety, to food and to shelter. The stream of thought method of relating the narrative is often hard to follow, as there are no quotation marks throughout the book to help the reader with the dialogue. Definitely a book deep in symbolism and the horrors of losing sight, and definitely a book, the likes of which, you will probably never read again.

PaulToronto ,


One of the most powerful, thought provoking novels I have ever read.

Umchapme ,

Incredible novel....

What a stunning piece about the beauty- and the horror- of basic humanity. A bittersweet novel where you really can't have any expectations, leading to such a stunning conclusion. Worth every second.

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